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costanza2k1
12-24-2008, 03:12 PM
Steelers, Big Ben must adjust in potential Tennessee rematch
Buzz up!
By Mike Prisuta, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 04244.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_604244.html)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Blitzburgh? Not in this part of Tennessee.

The Titans flummoxed the Steelers this past Sunday while blitzing a grand total of five times in their No. 1 seed-clinching, 31-14 victory in Nashville.

The approach was nothing new for Tennessee, which prefers to rush four and keep seven defenders in coverage. The Titans, No. 5 in total defense, still get pressure that way, as evidenced by their 43 sacks, including five of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

But where the Titans really clean up is in the turnover department. Tennessee was tied for No. 5 league-wide with 27 takeaways before collecting four more against the Steelers.

The approach couldn't be more basic -- four linemen with their hand on the ground coming after the passer up front, safeties guarding against the big play deep and everyone else ball-hawking.

Tennessee rarely even stunted, although one such maneuver freed Jason Jones for an unblocked assault on Roethlisberger that resulted in a fumble.

The Titans forced four of those from Big Ben and recovered two.

Imagine the damage they might have inflicted had defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch been playing.

Tennessee ran back-to-back blitzes once and got burned on completions that went for 21 yards, and then, for 21 yards and a touchdown to receiver Hines Ward.

All five sacks resulted from four-man pressures.

In the event they're fortunate enough to get a rematch in the AFC Championship Game, the Steelers can expect more of the same. If they're ready for it and adjust accordingly, they'll have a chance at a different outcome.

Roethlisberger needs to take care of the ball and can do so by becoming less determined to stay in the pocket and less reluctant to get out on the edge and wing it.

The sacks resulted mostly from the pocket gradually collapsing around Roethlisberger, as the Titans no doubt intended.

It wasn't the dreaded "A" gap, as was the case in Philadelphia. And it wasn't the edges breaking down, as they had against the New York Giants.

This was contain, constrict and suffocate. And it worked.

But in implementing their rush, the Titans left gaps that could have been exploited more often had Roethlisberger been more determined to take advantage of them.

He rolled left on the Steelers' first drive and wound up with a shot at receiver Santonio Holmes deep behind two defenders, but overthrew him.

A subsequent dash for the goal line resulted in a fumble at the Tennessee 1 (hold the ball there and the Steelers at least get an early three).

Later, he found a lane and ran 9 yards for a first down.

Later still, Roethlisberger vacated the pocket to his left and had Ward behind the defense deep before launching a ball that wound up glancing off Ward's outstretched hand.

Roethlisberger had some success staying in the pocket, as well, but that occurred mostly when the ball came out quickly. If he sees Tennessee again, he needs to adopt a read-and-let-rip or take-off-and-improvise approach.

The Steelers have a better chance hurting the Titans by breaking their defense down with a moving quarterback than they do by picking them apart from the pocket.

That's a concession that has to be made the next time, if there is one.

Jooser
12-24-2008, 03:14 PM
gulp

stlrz d
12-24-2008, 03:18 PM
Roethlisberger had some success staying in the pocket, as well, but that occurred mostly when the ball came out quickly. If he sees Tennessee again, he needs to adopt a read-and-let-rip or take-off-and-improvise approach.

That's his specialty.... :)

TonyRomo
12-24-2008, 08:55 PM
Lets see here. Tennessee has 2 backup lineman starting. They replace two of the
strongest Lineman in the league. They also only rush 4 and drop 7.

Yet , you got 18 for 29 out of Willie.

:D :Beer

Steeler Shades
12-24-2008, 11:02 PM
Lets see here. Tennessee has 2 backup lineman starting. They replace two of the
strongest Lineman in the league. They also only rush 4 and drop 7.

Yet , you got 18 for 29 out of Willie.
And a bunch of people who "can't wait" to get back and play them again when their All-Pro defensive linemen are back in the game. I personally would rather play some BS prima donna team like the Cowgirls but unfortunately we have to play tougher competition in the AFC.

frankthetank1
12-26-2008, 11:39 AM
Lets see here. Tennessee has 2 backup lineman starting. They replace two of the
strongest Lineman in the league. They also only rush 4 and drop 7.

Yet , you got 18 for 29 out of Willie.

:D :Beer

at least the steelers are in the playoffs

feltdizz
12-26-2008, 05:56 PM
All Ben has to do is throw to the wide open RB in the flat and respect the rush. All that pump faking and one hand on the ball running into traffic won't cut it.

Djfan
12-27-2008, 12:44 AM
All Ben has to do is throw to the wide open RB in the flat and respect the rush. All that pump faking and one hand on the ball running into traffic won't cut it.

It seems like he is only looking for the home run pass too often. I hope he gets ordered to look for the dink and dunk stuff soon.

Oh yeah, that would require a good OC.

ramblinjim
12-27-2008, 01:06 AM
All Ben has to do is throw to the wide open RB in the flat and respect the rush. All that pump faking and one hand on the ball running into traffic won't cut it.

How is the idiot Quarterback going to throw to a Running Back when
Willie Parker is in the game? :D


I'm an Eastern Illinois University Alum and I like to watch Tony Romo do well (hey, he's the only guy we got in the league right now, not sure what happened to Micah Rucker)but until that young man has won a playoff game, the Tony Romo VS Big Ben comparison's should cease. Really.

Pittsburgh and Dallas teed off earlier this year, the Steelers won. Where are you coming from?